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So I am just curious - how long is the normal hospital stay for a vaginal birth?
My doctor hasn't really touched on this yet.
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It will depend on the hospital, what type of birth you have, what time the baby is born and how you are feeling (and baby). I had my son via c-section on a Thursday at 2:25 and I didn't go home until Monday.
My girlfriend had a vaginal birth on a Tuesday at 11 at night and she didn't go home until Saturday.
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With my first (vaginal), I had her at 8:44am. We were released the following day around 11am, just over 24 hours.
With my second (emergency cesarean), she was born at 5:40am. We were released around 11am 2 days later, so just over 48 hours.
I'm hoping to get out of there as quickly as possible - I think the legal minimum is 24 hours, as long as there aren't any complications.
I delivered DD at a birthing center and I really wish it hadn't closed, so I could deliver there again. I had her at 11am and was home by 6pm the same day. It was awesome being able to sleep in my own bed!
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Federal law generally requires any insurance plan you have through your employer to cover a 48 hour stay following a vaginal birth and 96 hours following a c-section (that would be in addition to time you spend in L&D). It sounds like some hospitals/provders may not require such a long stay, though.
I stay 24hrs max so long as baby & I are doing good. The longest I've stayed was with my first LO and that was 48hrs solely because she was my 1st.
I had my first at a military hospital. They thought they could compare the test results for a 5 lb 15 oz, 19 1/4 inch 36 weeker to a 7-9 lb 40 weeker and so they thought there was something seriously wrong with her and so they kept her at the hospital for additional monitoring until she was about 4 days old. Since they had the room available, they let me stay in until she was ready to go home. Had to take her to ped when she was a week or two old for follow up. The ped looked at her file and commented on how stupid the other dr was for trying to compare a premie of sorts to a full term baby. Got the most rest while in the hospital since ex wasn't there much and I had no housework to do.
My second was born at a civilian hospital on a Sunday morning -- at almost noon and we went home on Tuesday morning if I remember correctly. FWIW, my second was 6lb 0oz, 19 1/4 inches at 35 weeks 6 days and didn't need a NICU stay.
My understanding is that the insurance company cannot force the hospitals/doctors to release mom and baby before 24 or 48 hours for a vaginal birth w/o complications and 48 or 72 hours for a c/s w/o complications -- I forget the exact hours -- but the doctors are permitted to release mom and baby early on a case by case basis depending on a variety of factors.